Vanilla Agile Risk Management- Flavored with some traditional practices

In traditional risk management process, a complete list of potential risks with their priority and a plan to mitigate them is prepared upfront. A lot of time and effort is spent towards these hypothetical risks both in upfront planning and in ongoing monitoring and discussion.

While in Agile, the process is rather emergent in nature. The realization of risk occurs quickly and abruptly. Team gets a sense of it at the earliest possible stage, delay time is less as the risk gets highlighted in the daily stand up, review, retrospectives or release/sprint planning meetings. It is more a real time thing in Agile. But are an application of these Agile practices enough to manage risks in an Agile bound project? Or with little adjustments can the traditional risk management be more powerful with Agile methods?

The session will contain a comparative analysis of risk management in both the methodologies, some real life examples, case studies and how the traditional risk management process can be tailored fit for Agile. It will be a talk cum open discussion session.


Outline/Structure of the Talk

Talk Presentation Case Study and Open Discussion

Learning Outcome

Better understanding of Risk Management in Agile projects. How can the traditional risk management process be customized to be Agile fit.

Target Audience

Scrum Master, Product Owner, Scrum team, Agile enthusiast , Evangelist

schedule Submitted 7 years ago

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